Monday, June 25, 2007

Ribaut rips off Moore (?)

I didn't know that those dinosaurs at Le Monde read my blog - I mean, they did steal , sorry "appropriate", an excellent idea though.

Santa Sed Gogo review

Friday, June 22, 2007

Santa Sed - Chilean Family Cuisine

The following photos do not do justice to great little Chilean restaurant I discovered the other evening just steps away from the Canal Saint Martin. I'd walked past this place a few times, and it piqued my interest, but as I forgot the strange name, it slipped my mind. Then I found a review deep in the fooding archives, and decided to go check it out? Carla, the comely patronne, welcomed me as an old friend, tutoying me as if she had known me her whole life. Her enthusiasm and passion really do make the ambience in the restaurant what it is. She was so charming I could hardly keep my concentration on the food, which merited serious gastronomic reflection. All washed down with a pisco sour (pisco, sugar, lemon juice and a beaten egg white) cocktail and pichet of a decent Chilean Carménère. Special mention goes to the house red pepper and garlic butter. Coté deco, simple and cozy, with wooden tables, mismatched chairs, mosaic floor tiles, and ambient Latino dub.

Excellent ceviche, simply prepared fish with lemon juice and corriander

Empanadas de Pino, crispy crust, tasty spiced ground beef, acompanying tomato sauce freshly made

Pastel del Choclo, a Chilean specialty of ground corn,chopped onion, pieces of beef and chicken, hardboiled egg and black olives, all baked in the oven in a clay dish

Classic dolce de lethe, but in a crepe and sprinkled liberally with Chilean sour raisin liqueur

Da Claudio Montmartre

Very decent seafood spaghetti last Sunday at Da Claudio , just south of the Butte. Fresh homemade pasta, tomato sauce, mussels, calamari... Friendly service

Saturday, June 09, 2007

La Pizzetta

Yet another resto lauded heavily by the Figaroscope, Le Fooding, et al. Attractive, minimalist dining room. Pleasant terrace. Packed to capacity at 12h45. OK pizzas (white pie with mushrrom cream, garlic, ham.. and a typical saumona) on an agreeable street near Montmartre, but the service ! True Slow Food! At the entrance waiting (already having reserved by phone..) 15 minutes before the first bonjour. Pizza arriving after nearly one hour after having been ordered. The bill coming nearly 20 minutes after being requested. Despite the patron being there, seems an amateur operation. I'd go back to Maria Luisa, Positano, or two or three other more professional and friendly places before coming back here. The one positive point were the waitresses evident and comely cleavages...Sorry no photos..